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Apr 20, 2014 3:01 PM by AP

Pascagoula LNG terminal working on export permits

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - A Pascagoula shipping terminal opened in 2011 to import liquefied natural gas now is working to become an export terminal.

The nationwide shale boom has greatly imports since the $1.1 billion Gulf LNG terminal opened near the Bayou Casotte Ship Channel.

Gulf LNG got U.S. Department of Energy approval in 2012 to export 11.5 million tons of LNG a year to countries approved under the Free Trade Agreement, including Australia, Canada and some in South and Central America.

Kinder Morgan Inc. spokesman Richard Wheatley tells The Sun Herald that the Pascagoula terminal is seventh on the list for a permit to export to other countries.

He says there's no estimate on how long it would take to convert the terminal after getting such approval.

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